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WATCH LIST: June 2012

Have you seen or read anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others?

By Observer Staff

Take This Waltz
DIRECTED BY SARAH POLLEY, STARRING MICHELLE WILLIAMS, SETH ROGEN AND LUKE KIRBY (Mongrel Media)


During a humid Toronto summer, a young woman with a touch of depression strays from her cookbook-writer husband of five years and falls for the rickshaw-driver artist next door. This summertime flick gently explores the complications of love, asking subtle questions about what the idea of a lifelong relationship does to our image of ourselves. June 29


The Resilience Imperative: Cooperative Transitions to a Steady-State Economy
BY MICHAEL LEWIS AND PAT CONALTY (New Society Publishers)


There’s a realistic case to be made for creating a sustainable human presence on Earth. Arguing for serious reconsideration of our limitless consumption, the authors use practical examples — housing, banking, eating — to point the way toward long-term cultural shifts. The book offers hope and inspiration for living within our ecological limits and with respect in Creation. June 1


Somewhere Over the Sea: A Father’s Letter to his Autistic Son
BY HALFDAN W. FREIHOW, translated
by ROBERT FERGUSON (House of Anansi)


In an updated version of his memoir Dear Gabriel, the father of a young man with autism describes the complex type of love that emerges when his family is up against a world of misunderstanding. Tenderly following his son’s triumphs and disappointments, Halfdan W. Freihow offers a glimpse into Gabriel’s life from a parent’s perspective, with a new foreword by author Ian Brown. June 2


Evolutionaries: Unlocking the Spiritual and Cultural Potential of Science’s Greatest Idea
BY CARTER PHIPPS (Harper Perennial)

Call it evolutionary spirituality. Carter Phipps, editor of EnlightenNext magazine, describes how a new breed of thinkers is taking ownership of both sides of the evolution debate. Conceiving of evolution as a spiritually directed force propelling contemporary culture, they’ve got new ideas to bridge the longstanding gaps between religion and science, myth and fact. June 26






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ObserverDocs: My Year of Living Spiritually

by Observer Staff

Anne Bokma left the Dutch Reformed Church as a young adult and eventually became a member of the United Church and then the Unitarian Universalists. Having long explored the "spiritual but not religious" demographic as a writer, she decided to immerse herself in practices — like hiring a soul coach, secular choir-singing and forest bathing — for 12 months to find both enlightenment and entertainment.

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Faith

January 2018

In the beginning

by Alanna Mitchell

The award-winning science writer travels to northern Australia to explore the world's oldest creation story

Society

January 2018

The good death

by Pieta Woolley

Anglican professor Donald Grayston made dying in peace a lifetime project. His example is inspiring others to plan a meaningful exit.

Faith

January 2018

Me, Dad and the Almighty

by Anne Bayin

A preacher’s kid pretended to be a devout daughter, but secretly she felt lost in a wilderness of doubt.

Society

January 2018

The good death

by Pieta Woolley

Anglican professor Donald Grayston made dying in peace a lifetime project. His example is inspiring others to plan a meaningful exit.

Faith

January 2018

In the beginning

by Alanna Mitchell

The award-winning science writer travels to northern Australia to explore the world's oldest creation story

Faith

January 2018

Me, Dad and the Almighty

by Anne Bayin

A preacher’s kid pretended to be a devout daughter, but secretly she felt lost in a wilderness of doubt.

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